Our Real Celebrities

Lindsay Lohan, 24, is all over the news because although she’s a drug addict and thief, she’s a starlet, which makes her a newsworthy “celebrity.”
Charlie Sheen, 45, also is all over the news although he too is a drug addict who makes near-psychotic rants on national TV. You would have been under a rock if you hadn’t heard about his antics because he too is newsworthy ’cause he too is a “celebrity.”
While…………….

  • Justin Allen, 23
  • Justus Bartelt, 27
  • Zachary Fisher, 24
  • Christopher Goeke, 23
  • Matthew Johnson, 21
  • Brandon King, 23
  • Brett Linley, 29
  • Jesse Reed, 26
  • Dave Santos, 21
  • Chase Stanley, 21
  • Sheldon Tate, 27
  • Matthew Weikert, 29

are all Marines who recently gave their lives for you. There is no media coverage for them; not even a mention of their names. [H/t beloved fellow Doc’s Wife]
Since our useless media won’t tell you about these heroes, Fellowship of the Minds will:
Justin B. Allen, 23, of Coal Grove, Ohio, died
July 18 in Zhari, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was shot by insurgents
while conducting combat operations.
He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.
The 2005 Dawson-Bryant High School graduate played several sports, including football and baseball. His No. 11 Hornets uniform was among a number of pictures on display in the high school gymnasium. He enlisted in the Army in May 2006. “He was always smiling,” said Steve Easterling, Allen’s high school principal. “He was an all-around good kid.”
Marine Staff Sgt. Justus S. Bartelt died July 16, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 27, of Polo, Ill.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died July 16 while supporting combat
operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Justus Bartelt was born on the Fourth of July and decided roughly a dozen
years later that he would to serve the country whose independence that day
celebrates.  He planned to join the military — a goal that was, like much of his
childhood, shared with his slightly younger cousin David.
“There wasn’t a street in town, a tree we didn’t climb, shoot paintballs from,” David Bartelt said. “There wasn’t a ditch we didn’t jump with our dirt bikes. There wasn’t any stone unturned.”
Army Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher died July 14, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom.  24, of Ballwin, Mo.; assigned to the 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade (Combat), Fort Bragg, N.C.; died July 14 at Forward Operating Base Lagman, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his military vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Spc. Jesse D. Reed, Spc. Matthew J. Johnson and Spc. Chase Stanley.
Army 1st Lt. Christopher S. Goeke died July 13, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 23, of Apple Valley, Minn.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died July 13 in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire. Also killed were Staff Sgt. Christopher T. Stout and Staff Sgt. Sheldon L. Tate.
Army Spc. Matthew J. Johnson died July 14, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 21, of Maplewood, Minn.; assigned to the 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade (Combat), Fort Bragg, N.C.; died July 14 in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his military vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Spc. Jesse D. Reed, Spc. Chase Stanley and Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher.
Army Pfc. Brandon M. King died July 14, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. 23, of Tallahassee, Fla.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; died July 14 at Combat Outpost Nolen, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with small-arms fire.
Staff Sergeant Brett Linley, 29, died clearing ­explosives. A bomb disposal hero who saved hundreds of lives in Afghanistan has been killed by a Taliban blast. He will be posthumously nominated for a bravery award after fearlessly defusing 100 bombs during his tour. Military chiefs hailed him as “the bravest of the brave”.
Staff Sergeant Linley was 29 and from Birmingham. He and his team were working to clear Improvised Explosive Devices from a vital route in the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province when he was killed by an explosion.
Army Spc. Jesse D. Reed died July 14, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 26, of Orefield, Pa.; assigned to the 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade (Combat), Fort Bragg, N.C.; died July 14 in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his military vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Spc. Chase Stanley, Spc. Matthew J. Johnson and Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher.
Marine Cpl. Dave M. Santos died July 16, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 21, of Rota, Marianas Islands of the Pacific; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died July 16 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Dave Santos joined the Marines after graduating in 2007 from Rota High School. His participation in the school’s Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps inspired him to enlist in the military, his father, David, said. “He always wanted to be a Marine. He really, really wanted to be a Marine.”
Army Spc. Chase Stanley died July 14, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 21, of Napa, Calif.; assigned to the 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade (Combat), Fort Bragg, N.C.; died July 14 in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his military vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Also killed were Spc. Jesse D. Reed, Spc. Matthew J. Johnson and Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher.
Army Staff Sgt. Sheldon L. Tate died July 13, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Age 27,
of Hinesville, Ga.; assigned to the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died July 13 in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire. Also killed were 1st Lt. Christopher S. Goeke and Staff Sgt. Christopher T. Stout.
Staff Sergeant Matthew W. Weikert, 29, of Jacksonville was mortally wounded on Saturday, July 17, 2010, while serving with the U.S. Army near Orgun, Afghanistan. He was born May 15, 1981 in Sioux City, IA, the son of Richard W. “Dick” and Susan B. Kiel Weikert.
Matthew was a member of the Jacksonville High School Class of 2000, a former member of the JHS soccer team, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in August of 2001 serving three tours in Iraq over four years. He later joined the U.S. Army serving with the 101st Airborne completing a tour in Iraq and was  deployed in Afghanistan.

Going home, going home,
I’m just going home.
Quiet-like, slip away-
I’ll be going home.
It’s not far, just close by;
Jesus is the Door;
Work all done, laid aside,
Fear and grief no more.
Friends are there, waiting now.
He is waiting, too.
See His smile! See His hand!
He will lead me through.

~Eowyn

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DCG
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DCG

May these brave men rest in peace.

lowtechgrannie lowtechgrannie
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How fitting that we honor these young warriors who sacrificed everything. My heart and prayers go out to their families. What a loss!

themadjewess
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themadjewess

Man-o-mighty, exc post. Sad.

Judy
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May they rest in peace and may God bless those left behind.

Lee Olson
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I’m deeply saddened by the senseless, tragic deaths of these men who I’m sure could have lived valorous, productive lives but instead ch0se to put themselves into a situation where they died for a lie. They did not give their lives for me or any other American. They gave their lives for our government. Neither I nor any other American has, or will have, more freedom because of their deaths. The only winner of this or any other war is government; which grows it’s freedom at the expense of ours during war. In fact, government uses war for this very… Read more »

hrmfc
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hrmfc

May God be with these poor lost valiant soldiers. We ask HIS protection for all of the young men and women in the Armed Services. We ask for comfort for those left behind.

Candance Moore
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Candance Moore

It used to be that soldiers were the national celebrities. Of course, that was also back when children were given education instead of liberal brainwashing.

Tamara Heater
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We owe our lives to their memories by standing for the Constitution of the USA. They did!
Lets ensure we can move forward and educate our children with the best education according to our own needs……or the very word freedom will be redefined !

J Roycroft
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Thank you Eowyn for posting this. I have added your blog to my blogroll so that we can further the cause and spread the word to even more like minded readers. God Bless each and everyone of our brave soldiers and their families.

Lee Olson
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I appreciate the civil conversation here. Hopefully such conversation will lead people, and especially Christians, to deal with enemies as God commands in His Word. Even more hopefully, Christians will lead the way in demanding that government all people with respect and deal in love, not in evil, thereby eliminating the potential for development of enemies. That’s God’s way. We should be exporting Bibles, not bombs. We should be exporting missionaries, not soldiers. We should be exporting bulletins of freedom, not bullets. We should be treating foreigners as fellow human beings, not objects to be exploited or deserving of inhuman… Read more »

Lone Wolf
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Lone Wolf

Lord have mercy on the souls of these brave men. R.I.P.